Missouri Sen. Josh Hawley wrote Elon Musk after the billionaire purchased Twitter, asking him to generate and release a public audit of the social media platform’s “egregious censorship.”
The Republican senator shared his letter on Twitter, calling on Musk to “open the books.”
“Twitter has largely evaded public accountability over the past several years,” Hawley wrote in his letter. “Since I’ve been in the Senate, I’ve sent a number of oversight inquiries to the company. These letters cover subjects as diverse as content moderation policies, viewpoint discrimination, suppression of content, and Twitter’s own security. Twitter, not surprisingly, has effectively ignored these requests.”
Here’s an idea for @elonmusk. Open the books on who Twitter has shadow banned, who Twitter has suspended, who they’ve throttled, and who was responsible for the egregious censorship of the Hunter Biden laptop reporting. Make it all public pic.twitter.com/gbLaaUXuR4— Josh Hawley (@HawleyMO) April 26, 2022
Hawley’s letter specifically requested that the audit address who at Twitter is responsible for suppressing the New York Post Hunter Biden laptop and business dealings story, along with an analysis of how many accounts were either suspended or shadow-banned and whether the results indicate a political bias.
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“In recent years, Twitter has intervened in American discourse with an increasingly heavy hand, attempting to shape the information environment for overtly partisan reasons,” Hawley told Musk, stressing that as Twitter’s new owner, he can make the audit a reality. “Algorithms didn’t make those calls; employees did."
Hawley added that “the American people deserve to know the truth” and that he does not doubt that “the results will be illuminating.”
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Musk’s deal with Twitter has affected users’ follower counts. Several popular left-leaning accounts have lost thousands of followers, while Republican accounts have seen a surge in new followers.